Arts and Healing – Part 1

by Ethan Norman I was a little hesitant, when we wrote the card. It occurred to me that words, in a time like this, are terribly insufficient. Is this even a good idea? Will this help or hurt? Maybe they just need space. Maybe God has given me something to say in a...

Conflicting Depths

By Melody Watts Toward the end of August, The WordPlayers Playback Troupe was invited to join in an Open Table event where Knoxville’s youth of all faiths come together to bridge the gap among them. One young lady shared her story of the opportunity she had to...

Growing Pains

By Ethan Norman Wide eyes and a trembling lower lip is what I can still picture on the faces of some staff as The WordPlayers sat with a round table of consultants, eager to help us navigate the next phase of life in a faith-based, arts-driven, non-profit organization...

Keeping Promises – Special Playback Event for 9/11

KEEPING PROMISES An evening to remember the day we promised never to forget. The WordPlayers’ Playback Troupe invites you to join us on: September 11, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. for an evening of sharing stories Let’s learn from one another to ensure we hold true to our...

Summer Shenanigans and Surprising Stories

By Melody Watts This past summer The WordPlayers had an opportunity to share an afternoon with the children of Tracy’s Learning Center. Through the art of theatre these kids had the chance to laugh and learn what it means to be nice to others, respect all people, and...

Rabbit Rabbit

Were those the first words out of your mouth this morning? Did you go so far as to climb over the end of your bed? I thought about it; it’s a new month after all, and a big one for The WordPlayers. Today marks the beginning of our 2017-2018 Season. But I didn’t do...

If You Believe the World Is Round

Christopher Columbus. Remember when he bought into the crazy idea that the world was round, and took off in a sail boat? I don’t remember it either, but I know it happened. It’s been handed down throughout history, by people who were there. I’m sure a lot of “behind...

“Give me a task to do”

By Terry Weber In LITTLE WOMEN, the musical, “Give me a task to do” is spoken on several occasions by the character of Jo March. It is a signature mantra for this young woman full of energy, optimism, and talent. When there is much to be done, Jo volunteers for...

ASTONISHING (Seriously)

Nothing against Knoxville but, for a minute there, I thought I was in New York. I’m not talking about those Broadway touring companies with a cast of classically trained singers who are going to sing classically even if it has zero connection to their character, and...

Little Women revisited

by Melanie Leach “I like good strong words that mean something” – Jo March, Little Women This is the cover of the copy of Little Women I read as a girl. I loved this story and read it multiple times. Imagine my horror when I got it back out as an adult to read...